Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Google Makes 2014 New Year's Google Doodle

As we all know, Google makes Google Doodles that go on their homepage, usually depicting something that captures the theme of that day. Today, you'll find a Google Doodle depicting some of the top searches of 2014. These include the 2014 World Cup, the Philae Philae robotic lander, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Mars Orbiter Mission, and Flappy Bird.

Just for fun, here's last year's Google Doodle...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Choose To Share Data With App Developers

In iOS 8, you can choose whether you want to share crash data with app developers. To check or change your settings on the matter, go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Usage > and apply your settings to the "Share With App Developers" switch. Will you be the reason your favorite app doesn't crash?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Chevron Will Have Apple Pay At Gas Pumps By Early 2015

Chevron has had Apple Pay implemented since its release, but customers would have to go to the in-store cash register. In a tweet, Chevron said that they are working on "solutions to integrate with Apple Pay at the pump by early 2015." We can only hope this comes soon...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Customize The Contacts Shortcut

In iOS 8, Apple introduced a contacts shortcut that shows up in the app switcher. It shows recent and favorite contacts by default. However, maybe you just want favorites or no contacts at all... The fix is simple! Just go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Show In App Switcher (Scroll down to Contacts) > and select what you want to be shown. It should be noted that iPads and iPod Touches don't have a "favorites" option, so you either have recent contacts or nothing. I personally have favorites show up, but feel free to customize it to your desire! I hope this helps!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

100,000 Pageviews!

Today, Tech Talk 4 Geeks has reached a huge milestone! We have reached 100,000 pageviews! This is really amazing! I remember 2 short years ago, I thought that 100 page views was crazy. I thank each and every one of you for your support over the years. I hope I can make Tech Talk 4 Geeks a more enjoyable experience in the near future. Thank you!

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Lucky Bag is Back For Japanese Apple Stores

Every year in Japan, Apple does a promotion for lucky bags. A lucky bag, or a Fukubukuro, is a bag filled with random, assorted products or goodies. On January 2nd, Japanese Apple Stores will sell lucky bags for about $345, usually filled with iPods, headphones, or other products. Buyers can't tell what's in the bag before purchasing. This is restricted to Japanese Apple Stores unfortunately.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas! (2014)

Merry Christmas! I hope your day was as fun-filled as mine. I hope to get some work done on at least one review done in the coming weeks. Anyways, have a great rest of the year! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Track Santa on Google

With Google doing another Santa Tracker activity, along with some other cool apps, you can track Santa as he delivers toys around the planet. Just go to Google's homepage and find the link or follow this link. There are some cool apps in The Village as well. One of my favorites is the Code Lab. If you know what Scratch or Code Academy is, then you'll love it. Also, here's a message from Santa that he sent to you guys. Anyways, have a very merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

iOS 8 in Black and White

With iOS 8, you can make the screen display in black and white. I don't know why you'd want this, but it's kinda cool. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Grayscale > and turn it on. Now you can see iOS in black and white. Switch it again to get color back. Also, you can go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > and tap "Grayscale." Now, you can triple-click the home button to instantly get black and white awesomeness at anytime. Triple-click again to restore color. I hope this helps!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Critical Security Update For All OS X Users

According to Apple, users running OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, and OS X Mountain Lion, should install Apple's critical security update "as soon as possible." Essentially, this patches multiple vulnerabilities with the Network Time Protocol, which is used a lot these days. This was even acknowledged by the U.S. government. I recommend installing this as soon as possible. To do so, open the Mac App Store on your Mac and click "Updates." Find the update and click install. The update looks like the picture below and should be easy to find.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Delete iCloud Tabs

In iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, you can now delete iCloud tabs from any device connected to your iCloud. Just go to iCloud tabs, and delete them by clicking on the "x" on a Mac, or swipe to the left on an iCloud tab on an iOS device. It's that simple! I hope this helps!

Click the "x" on an iCloud tab for OS X

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Quickly Find Attachments In Messages

Did you know that you can quickly access all of the attachments that you've sent in a conversation? Just go to a conversation and tap "Details" in the top-right corner. Scroll down to find all of the attachments in the chat. I hope this helps!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Remove iOS 8 Spotlight Suggestions

Let's be honest... Spotlight Suggestions in iOS 8 never really help us. I mean, it shows websites and App Store suggestions. If I need those, I'll go to their respective apps. So, how can I get rid of these annoying suggestions? Simple! Just go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search > and turn off Spotlight Suggestions. Now you can search without random suggestions and advertisements.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hanukkah Easter Egg in Google Search

As you may know, it's currently Hanukkah. If you search 'Hanukkah' (or a similar spelling) in Google, you'll be greeted with a Hanukkah themed Google page. There is a dreidel and a menorah. It's a nice little Easter Egg that not everyone will see. Be sure to check it out while it's there. I'm not sure how long it will it stay up, so enjoy it while it's still Hanukkah (December 16th - December 23rd for this year).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Apple Posts The Story Behind Holiday Ad 'The Song'

Today, Apple posted a behind the scenes look of this year's holiday ad, 'The Song'. It talks about he voice-o-graph and how Dana Williams, the granddaughter in the film, used musical talent and GarageBand to create her song. Check out the embeds below.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

iPhone 6 Is The Most Searched Consumer Electronic On Google

Every year, Google will post a year in review page with a statistic on what were the most Googled searches in that year. This year, the search term "iPhone 6" outnumbered all the other consumer electronics. The runner-up is "Samsung Galaxy S5". What's interesting about this is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been available for about five more months than the iPhone 6. Last year, "iPhone 5s" took third place. Be sure to check out Google's year in review page, as it's very comprehensive and interesting.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Monday, December 15, 2014

Apple Employees Receive Apple-Branded Incase Backpacks As Holiday Gift

Every year, Apple employees receive some gift from Apple for their hard work. This year, employees received an Incase backpack with Apple's logo on it. On eBay, employees are selling the backpacks for about $99, as opposed to the $59 retail price without the custom branding. 

In addition to the backpack, a poem was delivered to the employees.
This is our gift to you. 
But it can never compare to what you've given. 
What does it take to give a gift? It takes thoughtfulness. Compassion. And sometimes, sacrifice of your time, your talent, and your heart, 
These are the gifts you give: kindness, knowledge, humor, and patience. You give them when you cover for a teammate, so they can go on a much-deserved break. When you send an email recognizing a job well done. Or when you grab an extra coffee for a friend before you clock in. 
You give these gifts whether it's the beginning of the season, or the end of a very long day. You do it over, and over, and over again. 
Amazing products are designed in Cupertino. Amazing moments are made by you. These moments are your gift this holiday season -- to your customers, to your team, and to the world. 
Thank you.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Apple Releases New 'The Song' Ad For The Holidays

As is tradition for them, Apple has released a heartwarming holiday advertisement. This year, it's called "The Song". It depicts a girl finding a present her grandmother sent to what seems to be her grandfather. The present included a note to the grandfather noting how they couldn't be together for the holidays and a record with the grandmother singing "Love Is Here To Stay". The girl secretly learns the song on multiple instruments and learns the lyrics. She then combines her song with that of her grandmother's. She leaves the audio file on an iPad mini with a note that says, "A Duet, Press Play". The grandmother listens to the song and looks at the pictures that were left with the iPad mini and the note. The memories bring the grandmother to tears of joy as the granddaughter watches from above.

Although last year's holiday advertisement, called "Misunderstood", has been taken down by Apple, you can watch a re-uploaded version in the embed below. Credit to Matthew Miller.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Quickly Reply to Text Messages With iOS 8

Let's say you're watching a video and don't want to switch between apps to reply to a friend who's texting you. There's something for that in iOS 8. If you don't want to have to open the Messages app to reply to a message, just use this trick. When you receive a banner notification from a text message (shown below on left image), just pull down on it to get a reply sheet. From there, you can send a message without leaving the app. I hope this helps!

Friday, December 12, 2014

QuickTime Player Has Hidden Credits

The other day, I decided to randomly look at the "About QuickTime" window for no reason and stared at it for about 10 seconds. If you wait about that long, you will find the low resolution logos of companies who helped make QuickTime possible. It's a neat little Easter Egg. I think it's funny that Apple tried to hide it like that. Maybe it was because of the low resolution on the logos or that Apple plain-out didn't want to mention their existence. I mean, people barely look at the "About [Application]" section anyways. Why would they stare at it for 10 seconds anyways? Here's a GIF I made to stare at.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Workflow for iOS

This app is a great app that brings powerful workflows to mobile phones. With more than 100 different actions, anything is possible. You can take several photos and compile them into a GIF. You can compile text and do stuff with it. You can make turn-based games with it. It's a great way to get creative. There is also a gallery for workflows. You should buy it soon, as it has an introductory price of $2.99 [Direct Link].

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

iOS 8 Is Now Installed On 63% Of Active iOS Devices

Two months after its release, Apple has reported that iOS 8 is installed on 63% of devices. This slow install rate is possibly due to major bugs disabling HealthKit, cellular data, and Touch ID on some devices, but these have been since fixed. In addition, users who are reluctant to upgrade due to storage limitations should consider upgrading through iTunes. Be sure to read my tips on upgrading an iOS device before proceeding.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Easter Egg in Yahoo! Fantasy Football Notification

Today, my iPhone sent me a notification from Yahoo! Fantasy Football. It said the following: "A winner is you! You beat [Opponent Username and Score] to improve to [Win/Loss Count]." Any ordinary football fan wouldn't see much there. However, we the geeks see something different. The phrase "A winner is you!" is actually a reference to a very old video game translation error in the game, Pro Wrestling (1986), for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Back in the day, video game translators' first language was usually Japanese, which usually led to many translation errors. Be sure to look some up as they can be really funny. Anyways, it's nice that a programmer in northern California remembers this small error.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bose Products May Return To Apple Stores Next Week

After Apple acquiring Beats (a competitor of Bose) and Bose accusing Beats of stealing Bose's ideas, you'd think Bose in an Apple Store is a big no-no on Apple's behalf. Well, for some reason, Apple will sell Bose products in Apple Stores again, according to After all Apple and Bose have been through, you'd think they would be a bit hesitant about this decision. I mean, Bose teamed up with the NFL to put a ban on players from wearing Beats on camera. We will see if this prediction is valid in the coming weeks...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Apple Releases 'Change' Ad for iPad Air 2

Apple released a new ad today depicting the iPad Air 2 working wonders for artists, Post-It Note users, motorcyclists, and more. In addition to the ad, Apple posted a new page for the ad called "Change". The video is embedded below.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hide Photos in iOS 8

If for some reason you need to hide a photo from your Photos app in iOS, you can do so in iOS 8. Simply open the Photos app, hold on the thumbnail of a photo, and tap "Hide". They will be hidden from your photos and can only been seen in an album called "Hidden". At the moment, you can't put a passcode on this album and photo backup services, like Google+, will still back up these photos, so be warned. Also, hiding photos won't hide the photos from an album it is already in.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Recently Deleted Photos

Have you ever deleted a photo and really needed it back? Well, now you can get it back with iOS 8! Just go to the Photos app, tap on Albums, pick "Recently Deleted", and recover (or permanently delete) any photos you have deleted. It should be noted that if you don't recover your photos within 30 days of their deletion, they are gone forever (a long time). I hope this helps!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hour of Code 2014

Apple is once again joining's "Hour of Code" campaign by hosting one-hour, free coding sessions at Apple Stores. Mark your calendars! It's on December 11. There will be other events during Computer Science Education week, which takes place from December 8-14. I hope anybody reading this considers attending. Some stores will even have famous app developers there. Happy Hour of Code!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


NinType is a new keyboard for iOS 8 that can enable you to type at fast speeds. It takes practice, but it's fast. In some cases, you can type faster than someone touch typing on a computer! It combines swiping with shortcuts to let people type over 100 words per minute! NinType is available from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad for $4.99 [Direct Link].

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wells Fargo Releases an Apple Pay Advertisment

Wells Fargo is one of Apple Pay's partners in bringing secure, fast, and convenient payment methods to iPhone users. They have released a new ad. It depicts a man going to numerous stores ("a wild goose chase") using Apple Pay, noting how quick the process of paying is. He returns home to interrupt the making of a birthday party in his honor. The video is embedded below.

Monday, December 1, 2014

iBooks App Changes Color Scheme Based on Light Sensor

Did you know, the iBooks app for iOS will change its color scheme based on the lighting around your device? You can test this by placing your hand over your iOS device's light sensor, near the front camera. The color scheme should turn darker. It's a nice little detail that can make reading fun on iOS, day or night.